OLLI News from Bradley University
November 28, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

November December January
Nov. 29, 9am: Spring Curriculum Committee Meeting  at Peoria Next Innovation Center -

Jan. 8, 1:30pm: Portugal and Spain Informational Meeting at the Peoria Next Innovation Center

Jan. 9-12: Winter 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center

Jan. 16, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting at Peoria Next Innovation Center

Jan. 17, 9am: Spring 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Jan. 24, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Final Curriculum Committee Meeting for Spring Classes

OLLI Class Curriculum Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

All are invited to attend the Class Curriculum Committee Meeting on Wednesday, November 29.  

Please note that the location of the meetings has been changed to the Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main Street.  The building, located about five blocks east of campus, has plentiful, free parking.

Attending curriculum meetings is a great way to learn more about OLLI and the class planning process, connect with your fellow OLLI members, hear fresh ideas for future classes, and even suggest ideas of your own, if you like!  You choose your own level of involvement - no contribution to the process is too small.  

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
Join OLLI for Winter Classes

Don't let the cold weather get you down-- make the most of this winter at OLLI Classes in January!   For $95, you can choose four classes from a wide variety of stimulating topics and expand your knowledge on a favorite subject or learn something completely new.  

OLLI Winter 2018 Classes
Tuesday, January 9 - Friday, January 12
9:00 - 3:00 p.m
Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Read about two of our featured classes below:

Class #3: Embracing Spring in Your Garden
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
This class will focus on developing your garden around all things associated with spring.  We'll discuss tips for designing and creating spaces with spring containers, learn about your plant palette, and discuss maintenance tips.  You'll be inspired to start your 2018 spring garden!  The class instructor is Bob Streitmatter, manager of Luthy Botanical Garden and licensed landscape architect.  
Class #21: Fake Information, Misinformation, and Lies
Wednesday/Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Join two professional journalists as we debunk the myth of "fake news," (why don't we just call them lies) which have proliferated through social media.  What is a legitimate news source, and how can you protect yourself from falling victim to a fake news source?  We will examine and discuss the sources of misinformation that are rampant on the internet.  The class instructors are Catharine Schaidle, journalist and journalism instructor at Illinois Central College, and Chris Kaergard, assignment editor at the Peoria Journal Star

You'll love the fun atmosphere and strong sense of camaraderie, not to mention the plentiful snacks and refreshments to fuel your quest for knowledge!

View a complete listing of class offerings by clicking here.   To register, visit our online registration site or call Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.  
Fun Learning Trips to Take This Winter

Join OLLI on these fun learning trips this January!  To register, either call (309) 677-3900 or click here to utilize our online registration system.

Wheel Art Pottery (Activity Level 2)
Friday, January 19
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
For a unique winter treat, join Jacob Grant, Bradley University alum and owner of two businesses: Wheel Art Pottery Studios, which emphasizes instruction, and Jacob Grant Ceramics, a studio through which he sells his artwork.  Jacob's pottery has been on display at Disney World and The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.  On this trip, we'll get hands-on by doing our own wheel throwing and hand-building.  Dress for mess!
$38 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, materials and firing fees, and round-trip shuttle transportation

J.K. Williams Distilling (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, January 25
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We'll visit J.K. Williams Distilling, a distillery formed to bring craft whiskey- and bourbon-making back to the Peoria area.  During our tour of the facility in East Peo ria, we'll learn how J.K. Williams was a man ahead of his time, stubbornly refusing to sacrifice quality when crafting his bootleg whiskey.  We'll also learn (and taste!) how the family recipe is being revived four generations later, using local grain to produce whiskey and bourbon.
$32 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, tasting, and round-trip shuttle transportation

Hilltop Happenings
Peoria Fine Arts Concert Featuring Original Composition by Bradley's Dr. John Orfe

Setting Text to Music: "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"
Thursday, December 14
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria
Cost: $12 for adults; $5 for students

John Orfe, Assistant Professor of Music at Bradley University and Organist at First Methodist Church Peoria, will premiere a new work commissioned by Theo Jean Kenyon as part of the Fine Arts Society of Peoria on December 14 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  

In "Setting Text to Music: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," Orfe will perform the musical work as Lee Wenger narrates the iconic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, then give a slide presentation providing historical context for the work.  Lee Wenger is the Radio Information Service Director at WCBU-Radio.  This program is presented in collaboration with the Peoria Symphony Guild.

Everyone is welcome!  Tickets will be available at the door; $12 for adults and $5 for students.  A social hour with refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall.  For more information, click here.

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